Benton, John Lewis, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Grampus (SS-207)
Service Years
1938 - 1943
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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North Carolina
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Home Town
Hamlet, NC
Last Address
Hamlet, NC

Casualty Date
Mar 05, 1943
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
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Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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The USS Grampus (SS-207) left on her sixth war patrol 11 February 1943, operating off of New Britain. There are conflicting accounts of when she was sunk but she was declared missing 3 March 1943, and struck from the Navy list on 21 June 1943. Lieutenant Junior Grade Benton was listed as Missing in Action and later declared dead 19 January 1946.

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 USS Grampus (SS-207) Details

USS Grampus (SS-207)

USS Grampus (SS-207), a Tambor-class submarine, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for a member of the dolphin family (Delphinidae): Grampus griseus, also known as Risso's dolphin.

Her keel was laid by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 23 December 1940 (sponsored by Mrs. Clark H. Woodward) and commissioned on 23 May 1941 at New London, Connecticut, with Lieutenant Commander Edward S. Hutchinson in command. Grampus received three battle stars for World War II service. Her first, fourth, and fifth war patrols were designated successful. 

After shakedown in Long Island SoundGrampus sailed to the Caribbean Sea with Grayback     (SS-208) on 8 September to conduct a modified war patrol, returning to New London, Connecticut, on 28 September. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor found Grampus undergoing post-shakedown overhaul at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but ready for war on 22 December, she sailed for the Pacific, reaching Pearl Harbor on 1 February 1942, via the Panama Canal and Mare Island.

On her first war patrol, from 8 February to 4 April 1942, Grampus sank an 8636-ton tanker, the only kill of her short career, and reconnoitered Kwajalein and Wotje atolls, later the scene of bloody but successful landings. Grampus's second and third patrols were marred by a large number of antisubmarine patrol craft off Chuuk (Truk) and poor visibility, as heavy rains haunted her path along the Luzon and Mindoro coasts. Both patrols terminated at FremantleAustralia.

Taking aboard four coast watchersGrampus sailed on 2 October 1942 for her fourth war patrol. Despite the presence of Japanese destroyers, she landed the coast watchers on Vella Lavella and Choiseul islands while conducting her patrol. This patrol, during the height of the Guadalcanal campaign, took Grampus into waters teeming with Japanese men-of-war. She sighted a total of four enemy cruisers and 79 destroyers in five different convoys. Although she conducted a series of aggressive attacks on the Japanese ships, receiving 104 depth charges for her work, Grampus was not credited with sinking any ships. On 18 October 1942, Grampus even scored a direct hit on the Yura, but the torpedo failed to explode. She returned to Australia on 23 November.

Grampus's fifth war patrol, from 14 December 1942 to 19 January 1943, took her across access lanes frequented by Japanese submarines and other ships. Air and water patrol in this area was extremely heavy, and although she conducted several daring attacks on the 41 contacts she sighted, Grampus again was denied a kill.

In company with GraybackGrampus departed Brisbane on 11 February 1943, for her sixth war patrol from which she failed to return; the manner of her loss still remains a mystery. Japanese seaplanes reported sinking a submarine on 18 February in Grampus's patrol area, but Grayback reported seeing Grampus in that same area 4 March. On 5 March 1943, the Japanese destroyers Minegumo and Murasame conducted an attack preceding the Battle of Blackett Strait, near Kolombangara island. A heavy oil slick was sighted there the following day, indicating that Grampus may have been lost there in a night attack or gun battle against the destroyers. The Japanese destroyers had by then already been sunk in a night action with U.S. cruisers and destroyers.

When repeated attempts failed to contact Grampus, the submarine was declared missing and presumed lost with all hands. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 21 June 1943.

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Guiler, Robert Pollock, LT, (1935-1943) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Haupt, Edward Paul, LT, (1941-1943) OFF Lieutenant
O'Connor, Edward Roger, LT, (1939-1943) OFF 112X Lieutenant
Craig, John Rich, LCDR, (1930-1943) Lieutenant Commander
Sbisa, Alvin Francis, LT, (1934-1943) Lieutenant
Bathgate, Walter Kent Wilson, CPO, (1935-1943) TM TM-0000 Chief Torpedoman
Bruns, Walter Allen, CPO, (1936-1943) RM RM-2333 Chief Petty Officer
Moeller, Willard, CPO, (1934-1943) EM EM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
O'Neal, James Wesley, CPO, (1930-1943) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Patrick, Charles Woodrow, CPO, (1936-1943) MO MO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Presley, Lois Elmore, CPO, (1932-1943) GM GM-0000 Chief Gunner's Mate
Thrasher, Robert Theodore, PO1, (1937-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 1st Class
Brownlow, James Eugene, CPO, (1933-1944) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Goodrum, Herbert Curtis, PO1, (1939-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Larson, Harris Raymond, PO1, (1935-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Mitchell, George Willard, PO1, (1934-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Nash, Joseph Henry, PO1, (1938-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Tremmel, Louis Elmer, PO1, (1937-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Wilson, Norman Eugene, PO1, (1937-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Johnson, Albert William, PO2, (1940-1944) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 2nd Class
Bailey, Lawrence Leland, CPO, (1935-1944) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ball, Louis Dixon, PO2, (1941-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brunner, Friedrick Leopold, PO2, (1938-1943) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Corum, Richard Ernest, PO2, (1940-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Olexa, David Edward, PO2, (1941-1943) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Reyden, Roy Vander, PO2, (1940-1943) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Thomas, James Henry, PO2, (1941-1943) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bohler, Robert Joseph, PO3, (1941-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Rudd, Chester Eugene, PO3, (1941-1943) TM TM-0000 Torpedoman 3rd Class
Bohler, Robert Joseph, PO3, (1941-1943) TM TM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brunner, Friedrick Leopold, PO2, (1938-1943) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Joyce, Michael Patrick, PO3, (1938-1943) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Fenner, Donald Massey, S1c, (1940-1943) MAT MATT-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Handy, Wilbur Dale, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Herrin, Hollis Earland, S1c, (1942-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Tagesen, Alvin Roger, S1c, (1941-1943) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Beley, Michael, S2c, (1942-1943) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Goodrum, Herbert, PO1, (1939-1943) Petty Officer First Class

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